Crystal-Rae Walton, PHD, RN

Crystal-Rae Walton
Crystal-Rae Walton, PHD, RNMarquette University

Clark Hall, 328

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America

Clinical Assistant Professor


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, BSN 2011

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PhD in Nursing 2018

Chamberlain University, Post-Graduate Certificate Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, in progress

Courses Taught

HEAL 1025 Culture & Health - Fall 2023

NURS 2100 Pathophysiology I

NURS 1001 Nursing in the Jesuit Tradition

Research Interests

Adults and Older Adults

People Living with Dementia


Hospice and End-of-Life

Professional Affiliations

Sigma Theta Tau International

Building Bridges Consortium Member

Wisconsin League for Nursing

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

National League for Nursing



Primary Care


Registered Nurse

Basic Life Support



Evans, C. & Kovach, C. R. (2020). The Association Between Physiologic Sources of Pain and Sleep Quality in Older Adults and People with Dementia. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 13(6), 297-308. 

Kovach, C. R., & Evans, C. D. (2019). Assessing pain and unmet need in patients with Advanced Dementia: The role of the Serial Trial Intervention (STI). In R. J. Moore (Ed.), Handbook of pain and palliative care. New York: Springer. 

Kovach, C. R., Taani, M., Evans, C., Margolis, B., Kelber, S. (2019). Restrictive Ventilatory Patterns in Residents of Continuing Care Retirement Communities. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 41(3), 355-371. 

Kovach, C. R., Evans, C. R., Sattell, L., Rosenau, K., & Gopalakrishnan, S. (2018). Feasibility and Pilot Testing of a Mindfulness Intervention for Frail Older Adults and Individuals With Dementia. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 11(3), 137-150. doi:10.3928/19404921-20180223-01 

Kovach, C. R., Ellis, J., & Evans, C. R. (2017). Patterns of New Physical Problems Emerging in Long-Term Care Residents With Dementia. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 1-7. doi:10.3928/00989134-20170310-01. 

Leske, J. S., McAndrew, N. S., Evans, C. D., Garcia, A. E., Brasel, K., J. (2012). Challenges in Conducting Research wfter Family Presence During Resuscitation. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 19(3):190-4. doi: 10.1097/JTN.0b013e318261d041. 

Honors and Awards

2017 – 18: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor’s Award

2016 – 17: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor’s Award

2015 – 16: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor’s Award  

2007 – 11: Dorothy Coogan Scholarship 

May 2023: Outstanding Leadership Award – Cardinal Stritch University


Bader Philanthropies (Sleep and Lung Health Study)